Whether you're looking for a quick bite to eat on your lunch break or you want to spend a leisurely evening dining on prime rib and blackened salmon, a new Irish pub in downtown Peoria may hit the spot.
Eric is off, so Gina Morss is in for lunch at Eamon Patrick's in this week's You Gotta Eat.
Walk around downtown Peoria and you'll find more than a couple of Irish pubs, but this one is unique.
Sure, Eamon Patrick's has plenty of brew...even its own pale ale, but its proprietors, longtime restraunteur and caterer Mary Ann Fahey and her son James, have created more than a Celtic-bar.
James said, "We didn't want to go and do the normal Irish pub menu...brings that flare into the scene."
Regular guests like the Khourys say the eclectic menu is so delicious that it's difficult to decide what to order.
Gloria Khoury said, "Everything is always fabulous, her desserts are delectable...and one of my favorite items is her pub chips."
Photographer Doug Smith and I followed Gloria's lead and started with some homemade pub chips.
She was right...best pub chips I've ever had!
For the main course... Doug decided to stick with tradition and enjoyed a huge helping of fish and chips... normally not part of the lunch menu.
It took him a while...but he finished it... and he didn't even need ketchup. That's a big deal for Doug.
I couldn't decide between a salad or sandwich...so, I ordered both.
The roast beef with pear slices, gorgonzola and brie cheese on ciabbatta bread was a delightful mix of flavors. I savored every bite.
But the real treat, was the Asian salad with red peppers, mandarin oranges, pea pods, rice noodles, carmelized almonds and a toasted sesame dressing.
I'll be dreaming about that dish for a long time!
Of course I couldn't finish both entrees...and foolishly failed to save room for dessert.
But, Doug endulged his taste buds with a rich pumpkin spice cake.
I'm pretty sure he liked it.
Our bill, $32 plus tip.
Eamon Patrick's is an enjoyable addition to the assortment of bars and eateries in downtown Peoria. Eamon Patrick's is at 112 SW Jefferson across from the Twin Towers.
It's open Monday through Friday 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. serving food until 11:00 p.m.
And the business is expanding into the old F. Scott's next door...making room for an additional 50 seats and open flame steak by the end of October.